Met Hosts US Citizenship Ceremony for Tom Campbell

New American citizens, including Thomas P. Campbell, director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, being sworn in at a ceremony in the museum's American wing. Photo: via Twitter.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a naturalization ceremony for 75 new US citizens this morning, reports the New York Times. Among those sworn in was Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director.

The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Met’s American wing, and included people from 42 different countries. In order to be eligible for US citizenship, one must be a green card-holding resident of the United States for at least five years. Then, candidates must pass exams in English and civics, showing their knowledge of the country’s official language, government, and history.

Born in Singapore in 1962, Campbell was raised in Cambridge, England, and moved to the States to begin his career at the Met in 1995. He became the institution’s ninth director in 2008, upon the retirement of the Met’s longtime-leader Philippe de Montebello. According to the New York Post, Campbell’s wife and children are already American citizens, and he filed his citizenship application last summer.

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